The people of rural Uttar Pradesh are very poor. Girls and women face many inequalities, with limited or no schooling offered to girls. Domestic violence against women and girl is prevalent. Child marriage is illegal, but still happens a lot. ‘Dowries’ are banned by the government, but still continue between families.
The people in this region often live in unsanitary conditions, suffer from malnutrition and have high maternal mortality rates.
Goal of the Project
To educate, train and build the financial capacity of highly vulnerable girls and women in semi-rural villages around Allahabad (northern India). This is to increase their independence and economic resilience.
- Improve the understanding of health and hygiene and teach illness prevention. There is particular emphasis on sexual health (especially HIV), family planning and mental health
- Assist 76 women to develop viable businesses over the next four years through the Women’s Microfinance scheme. Small business budgeting workshops will be held and loans provided. Loan beneficiaries will be empowered.
- Target girls and young women between 12 and 20 years old for the Vocational Training Program. They will be taught skills in sewing, dressmaking, stitch craft, knitting, crocheting and other forms of handicraft.
Specific goals –
- Educate 120 10-18 year old girls, 5 days a week
- Train 250-300 girls 4 days a week in Gohri villages in dressmaking and needlecraft
- Train 80 girls 1 day a week in Neva villages in dressmaking and needlecraft
- 600-700 girls and women participate in health education, family planning and basic first aid every year
- 76 individual savings accounts established